Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd: QBD 11 Nov 2003

A policemen sued in defamation. The newspaper pleaded Reynolds qualified privilege.
Held: The plea was struck out. There has developed tendency of defendants to plead qualified privilege since the Reynolds decision in ‘rather waffly generalities’, and such defences required close scrutiny.
Eady J said: ‘Specifically in the context of the right to jury trial, judgment should not be given at any stage which has the effect of depriving the parties of a jury decision in any case where the defence may depend at least in part on a finding of fact which would be properly open to that tribunal: see e.g. Wallis v Valentine [2003] EMLR 8 at [13] and Branson v Bower [2002] QB 737 at [744]. Thus, even if a judge thinks that a particular factual conclusion for which one side contends is somewhat far-fetched, it is the jury’s credulity rather than the judge’s that must be kept in mind. The parties should therefore be given the benefit of the doubt: see e.g. Spencer v Sillitoe [2003] EMLR 10 at [31] and Bataille v Newland [2002] EWHC 1692 (QB) at pp 6-7.’


Eady J


[2004] EMLR 33, [2003] EWHC 2799 (QB


Bailii, Bailii


England and Wales


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Fair Coment on Political Activities
The defendant newspaper had published articles wrongly accusing the claimant, the former Prime Minister of Ireland of duplicity. The paper now appealed, saying that it should have had available to it a defence of qualified privilege because of the . .
CitedB v N and Another QBD 31-Jul-2002
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Judgment after trial on defamation case
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Updated: 03 July 2022; Ref: scu.229847